Senator Smart Adeyemi, the senator representing the Kogi West district, has expressed concern over the threat to his and his family’s lives.
In a statement issued on Friday, he stated that he had been advised not to run for the Kogi West senatorial district seat in the upcoming election.
The lawmaker, who added that he had alerted the appropriate agencies of the incident, did not reveal the identities of individuals who issued the threat.
He claims that individuals who will be held accountable if he or any of his family members are harmed have already been identified.
“The extent of the threat to my life is yet to be defined; but they are quite potent and palpable based on ‘their’ utterances, and I quote ‘if he dares to contest…, ‘I repeat if he dares to contest…” said Senator Adeyemi. “This has left me with no other option than to make a formal and urgent report to the relevant security agencies and top security officials within and outside the country.
“Any threat to life should not be taken lightly. Consequently, on this premise, Nigerians and the international communities are, by this statement, duly informed that the lives of my immediate family and I are under severe threat, and should any harm or eventuality come to any of us, we know those who are responsible for it, and this has been duly registered in the appropriate quarters.
“I am speaking the truth and nothing but the truth. It is my firm belief that every Nigerian has a right to run, and the voice of the people will prevail. No life should therefore be threatened in the line of duty.”